Hundreds of fires a year in Norfolk are caused by electrical appliances

Fresh calls have been made for householders to install a smoke detector into their homes.

The appeal comes after reports that a flat fire in London last week was caused by a Beko appliance.

Officials from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said they have had no incidents with that particular brand of fridge freezer but said that 500 fires a year were caused by domestic electrical appliances including washing machines, fridges and cooking appliances.

Richard Herrell, head of community protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'You never know when an electrical appliance could sustain an electrical failure.

'A lot of domestic appliances are running a night when people are asleep and more vulnerable. If they don't have a smoke detector then they are not going to be aware that there is a problem.'

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service can provide a free home check and smoke alarms for people aged 65 or over. For more information, call 0800 9178137.

Anyone with a Beko fridge freezer who is concerned about their appliance should call Beko's free phone number on 0800 009 4837 or check if they own one of the models listed on Click on advice and product recalls.

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